Imagine Children's Festival

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Imagine Children's Festival

The kids are more than alright with this treasure trove of family-friendly activities and events.

The kids are in charge at the Southbank Centre once more in February as their two-week children's festival returns. The theme for 2016 is Roald Dahl, and you can expect a wide range of captivating theatre, dance, music, film and comedy plus readings from some of the UK's favourite authors, with free and ticketed events for young people of all ages.

The bill includes David Baddiel, Judith Kerr, Rastamouse, Cressida Cowell, Mary Hoffman, Laura Dockrill, Cerrie Burnell, Ben Bailey Smith, the world premiere of interactive experience ‘The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl’ and other events celebrating author’s centenary.

Highlights include the chance to hop on to The Giant Storytelling Bed; a host of workshops to get stuck into, from clay sculpture to sign language; the opportunity to hear the entirety of Dahl's 'Matilda' on the Clore Ballroom stage (Feb 18); a live illustration of the epic story from Dahl's final book, 'The Minpins' set to the music of Sibelius played by London Schools Symphony Orchestra (Feb 15); hip hop posturing in the Rap Factor battles; Cressida Cowell presenting the final book in her 'How to Train Your Dragon' series; and Holly Smale discussing the latest 'Geek Girl' book.

Events tend to sell out well in advance so do get booking if there's something your little bookworm is interested in. 

Check the Imagine Festival webpage for details of dates, prices and times.

Recommended: read our countdown of the 100 best children's books 

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Great activities for kids, but book at least 48 hours in advance. It's absolutely rammed, but well worth it. You can take your own food and drink and have in the foyer as the queues for food and drink are long.

Jo Carpenter

Like a Dr Who episode, a door will open wide allowing for children, young and old, to be sucked in and immersed in World's of their own making. They will orbit, touch down, connect and possibly not escape the clutches of an amazing event. Go at your own risk! Imagination compulsory!

Lily Salmon

This sound like a really exciting thing for me my mum and dad and my sister to do to celebrate her birthday, while we are visiting London from our farm in Cumbria. I really would love to see the fun things planned and I hope to meet some really clever people. Well done for getting another year showing how capable us kiddies are.